Asteroid named after Tlingit-Tagish Klondike gold discoverer Skookum Jim – APTN News

Asteroid named after Tlingit-Tagish Klondike gold discoverer Skookum Jim – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on May 12, 202214 Views

May 11, 2022

You’ll need a professional-grade telescope to see it – but an asteroid in outer space now bears the name of a legendary First Nations figure in Yukon.

Dubbed Skookumjim, the asteroid gets its name from one of the founders of the Klondike gold rush.

Keish, more popularly known as Skookum Jim Mason, was a Tlingit and Tagish adventurer who lived from 1855 to 1916.

He’s credited as one of the people who discovered gold in 1897 in the Bonanza Creek near Dawson City, which led to the Klondike gold rush the following year.

Jim placed what remained of his fortune in a trust, and after he died, a substantial sum was left to help First Nations people in Yukon.

The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, a non-profit organization in Whitehorse, says that trust continues on today.

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